first_imgContacting 911 will soon be up-to-date with current communication technology. There are times when calling 911 isn’t the safest option, but calling has been the only option. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski recently announced a five step plan for implementing more ways to contact 911.The plan will expand the ways people can contact 911. Should the plan go into effect, the public will be able to send a text, photo, and video messages to the emergency services. Genachowski expressed his disbelief that an airline can send a text alert about a flight delay, but a person in an emergency situation can’t send a text requesting assistance.The endeavor, dubbed Next Generation 911 (NG911), will hopefully reduce response time in addition to making the service more accessible. Genachowski referenced the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007 as a situation in which texting would have been a better option than voice. Texting is a not only quieter and quicker option than calling in that type of situation, but also information can be added in small, non-continuous.The FCC will also need to implement mechanisms that can quickly determine the caller’s location which is the first step in the plan. The second is enabling text, photo, and video messaging. The third is completing and implementing technical standards. The fourth is creating a governance network, and the fifth is creating a funding model.Based on our experience with texting, the FCC will probably have to implement a spam filter, too.See the press release, via Mashablelast_img read more